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pany him he would be extremely disappointed. Mrs. Mortimer's little girls were with her, and seeing some very magnificent parasols, they opened them: they then applied to the old lady to inform them what the pretty paintings were with which they were decorated; she desired the children would apply to Miss Charlotte Modish, as she had been liberally educated, and knew every thing; but as for her part she never minded those sort of things. They were indeed very elegant, being of white satin, with solid silver stems, and fringe and tassels to correspond. The young lady informed the little girls that the figures represented the signs of the Zodiac. As the parasols had only eight sides, Mrs. Mortimer requested to look at them, as she was curious to know how the figures were placed, when the first objects which met her attention were Minerva, Mars, and Venus. This convinced Mrs. Mortimer that Miss Charlotte Modish was well informed, and had

profited by the liberal education she had received.

Mrs. Modish said she intended to give a large rout immediately, for she had come to Brighton purposely for pleasure; therefore she wished to be acquainted with a great many people, and to be informed of the notice generally given on these occasions. Mrs. Mortimer satisfied her on this subject, and Mr. Symphony Modish had directions to write the cards; he also waited on all the families in which he had taught music, or tuned instruments, and requested permission to introduce his mother and sister to them.

The gentlemen were indefatigable; they frequented all the libraries, and in chatting on politics, or the news f the day, they made some acquaintances. Many therefore attended the rout from the novelty of the invitation, and also to see what sort of beings the persons were who cut such a conspicuous appearance

in Brighton. On their first debut on the Steyne, they had been taken for mountebanks, as the old man drove his family in the dress already described, in an elegant barouche, with two dashing servants behind. Indeed, it was not long before this group was exhibited in the print-shops.

A Saturday was fixed on for Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Modish's rout, when they also changed their name, and renounced the Jewish persuasion, but whether fortunate for them or not, certainly, when they came into Sussex, they had their religion to chuse, This they left to the determination of Mr. Symphony Modish, for he was now a very dashing little fellow, perfumed, and decorated with superb trinkets; and he decided, that the family must attend the Chapel Royal, as all persons of rank and fashion went there, and that he had bespoke elegant prayer books, and secured seats in the most

conspicuous part of the chapel, to convince the people that they had nothing to do with the Old Testament, which they considered would lessen them in the opinion of the world. They never reflected that only the ignorant and the wicked could ever depreciate any religi ous sect, for are we not all alike indebted to the same merciful being for our existence? Are we not creatures of his will, whether Jews, Turks, or Christians? Do we not all worship the same God? Are we not the children of his love? And if we live up to the standard of our profession here, shall we not all partake of his glory hereafter?-But sentiments such as these never entered the head of Mr. Abraham Modish, or his family.

At last the day arrived, on the evening of which Mrs. Modish was to exhibit in the character of a fine lady. Mrs. Mortimer was extremely entertained, every person who entered being intro

duced in form to the hostess, and Mr. Symphony Modish acquitted himself as master of the ceremonies in a very stylish manner; nevertheless, he was sometimes at a loss, as the cards of invitation not only included all the family to whom they were addressed, but the friends and relations of each. There was no lack of good things, for in respect of provisions, this rout might have vied with a Dutch drum; Mrs. Modish was, however, at a great loss when the company were to be placed at cards, for in the multiplicity of the new faces which had been introduced to her, although a lady of u prising memory and clear sight, yet she could not recollect the near connection which subsisted between several of the company; consequently she placed man and wife at the same table, and some even proved to be quite a family party. Probably she thought it wicked to separate those whom God had joined together, if so, her amiable intentions dis

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